"The Civil War seemed to stalk unfortunate Wilmer McLean, who could say that the conflict began in his front yard and ended in his front parlor."
One of the most iconic images of the civil war, here is a very rare cdv of the Wilmer McLean family on the porch after the surrender.
"McLean's House where Grant & Lee signed the capitulation. Posed on the porch is Mr. McLean, Mrs. McLean, along with one another woman, and a small boy and girl."
The original image was taken by Timothy Sullivan. This is a "copy shot" of the famous view, and it has a Tanner & Van Ness, of Lynchburg, Va. photographer's b/m.
Wear as shown in the photographs. An unbelievably rare image.
$595.00 plus shipping
"In McLean’s parlor, General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant met. Lee surrendered. After four years of violent conflict, the war that had killed 600,000 Americans had ended. Wilmer McLean stood by as a strange bookend to the bloody affair.
Though the surrender might have seemed like cause for celebration, it too damaged McLean’s property. As Lee departed on his horse Traveler to break the news to his troops, Union officers launched their final raid of the war by ransacking McLean’s parlor for souvenirs of the historic meeting. “Something close to pandemonium set in,” wrote Civil War historian Shelby Foote. As McLean protested, the Union entourage walked out with the tables and chairs used by Lee and Grant, a stone inkstand, brass candlesticks and even the favorite rag doll of his 7-year-old daughter, Lula.
They tore apart McLean’s cane-bottomed chairs and cut upholstery strips from his sofas as mementoes. As compensation, the soldiers shoved money into the hands of the unwilling seller and threw it onto the floor when he refused to accept it.